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Standing At The World’s End – Edinburgh Art Print


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I still look back at scenes from the Royal Mile with a very strong sense of nostalgia for Edinburgh. Even though I’ve been twice, Auld Reekie high on my list of places to revisit. If you’ve been or listened to friends who’ve been discuss Edinburgh, you likely understand that sense of longing for that quaint and historic city.

This piece of photo art is based on a moment photographed on one of my nights wandering along the Mile. This scene is at the intersection of High Street, Canongate and St. Mary’s Street, an area once known as the World’s End when the medieval city walls of the old town stood here. It was this spot where those walls were the dividing line between within and without. Residents of Old Edinburgh considered this the end of the world. And that’s the point of reference for the whimsically named World’s End pub on the corner!

The architecture in Edinburgh’s old town is a great mix of medieval and newer architecture but it all looks very Old World European, don’t you think? The tenement buildings seen here are in the Scots Baronial architectural style. And they are on the Scottish historic register. In fact, Edinburgh’s Old and New Town are UNESCO listed. Is it any surprise?

What I personally love most about this painterly street scene is the mix of colors, the dusk blues in the sky, the grays and all the hues of orange and gold. This print is a vibrant take on Edinburgh at night, eh? I almost feel like I could cross over and join the people heading into the World’s End pub. It’s very much like being back on the Royal Mile as night falls again. And I believe that’s more than my own nostalgia at work.


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